Venue: ESSLLI 2022, Galway, Ireland
Date: 15-19 August 2022
Time (each day): 5:00 p.m.--6:30 p.m. GMT+1  [= 6:00 p.m.--7:30 p.m. Berlin time]

Description: Imagination has recently entered center stage in semantics and the philosophy of language. While relevant work has focused on diverse aspects of imagination, it has left the particular semantic properties of the verb imagine underexplored. These include the wide selectional flexibility and interesting entailment pattern of imagine, the referential dependence of imagine-complements on experience, and the ability of imagine-reports to encode perspective. Since these properties differ from those of standard responsive predicates, parasitic attitudes, and perspectival expressions, they resist modelling through the familiar semantic tools. Our workshop aims to bring together work on the semantics of imagination that fills this modelling gap. [full workshop proposal]


Monday, 15 August:

  • Kristina Liefke (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) & Justin D'Ambrosio (University of St Andrews): Workshop introduction  [slides]
  • Franz Berto (University of St Andrews): "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere"

Tuesday, 16 August:

  • Kyle Blumberg (Australian Catholic University): Two-dimensional desire
  • Markus Werning (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Parasitic mnemonic reference

Wednesday, 17 August:

  • Frank Sode (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt): The grammar of imagination: from fiction to finding answers
  • Chungmin Lee (Seoul National University): Factivity is not a myth: Alternation types for remember/imagine in particular, in Altaic, Chinese, and English

Thursday, 18 August:

  • Louis Rouille (College de France): How much of your self do you need to imagine being someone else?
  • Daniel Altshuler (University of Oxford): Coping with imaginative resistance (jww Emar Maier, University of Groningen)

Friday, 19 August:

  • Justin D’Ambrosio (University of St Andrews): Imagining what things are like and the paradox of fiction
  • Friederike Moltmann (Universite Cote d’Azur): Objects of imagination  [handout]

For questions, please contact the Workshop Chairs:

  • Justin D’Ambrosio (University of St Andrews)
  • Kristina Liefke (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)